The Top Liveaboards in The Maldives For Beginners

Divers in the Maldives with a Manta Ray

Sometimes beginner divers feel intimidated about diving from liveaboards. BUT, it doesn’t have to be this way. Some of the top liveaboards in the Maldives are for beginners.

Not only are the Maldives, popular for its tropical weather, it is also an underwater treasure of large pelagic ocean creatures. Manta rays, whale sharks, giant Napoleon wrasse, guitar sharks and at times, even the majestic hammerheads can be spotted around impressive pinnacles and channels.

There are very gentle to very strong currents which are dependent on the moon phase.

Although diving can be done year-round, your best dive experience for beginners is from December to April. The ocean is calm and visibility is very good to see these large creatures in the Central Atolls which is where you want to dive.

May to November is excellent also to see whale sharks and manta rays but visibility may not be great. Bring your umbrella…

I made up a list of the top-notch liveaboards in the Maldives (in no particular order) that are very good for beginners and novice divers. I’ll tell you why my chosen liveaboards are ideal for you.

To give you a taste of what you as a beginner diver can experience, this is a video of My Honors Legacy Liveaboard which is also part of the list…


Are you an experienced diver? You are still going to have unforgettable dives of your life so please bring your underwater camera.

Can you bring your non-diving family with you? Yes absolutely! In fact, Along with many other activities on liveaboards, there is one here that offer the entry level Open Water Diver course option in their itinerary.

As beginner divers, you are going to get plenty of dives in so why not learn more and improve your skills as you dive with courses like the Advanced Open Water Diver course, Wreck diving course, and Nitrox? This is the perfect time to gain more dive confidence.

Are you are a vegan or have other dietary needs?  All you have to do is note your requirements on the booking form when you’re ready to book with any liveaboard.

Top 5 Liveaboards in the Maldives-Great for Beginners 

All you need to do is wear a 3mm shorty wetsuit

1. The Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards

This is the Scubaspa Yang liveaboard in the Maldives

The Ying and the Yang liveaboards are sisters to each other. The only difference is the Yang liveaboard has a mini-gym.

To read my review, click here.

Both liveaboards are 5-star floating resorts. Boasting to give you ‘outstanding service’ and memorable experiences, you are pampered by their crew of 30 members.

The Ying and the Yang can each accommodate a maximum of 40 guests but with an impressive size of 50m/165’ in length and 11m/36’ wide and 4 spacious decks, you and your partner or family have lots of room to chill out.

There are packages you will want to choose like:

  • The luxurious spa treatments from their spa therapists
  • The spa treatments and diving
  • Diving
  • Honeymoon with the packages and extra services

Menus: To wet your palate, their professional and experienced chefs will prepare meals from local to international cuisine.

Your tea, coffee, and juices are complimentary at breakfast only. Water is no charge. Alcohol is $.

Best suited for: Divers with all types of skills, snorkelers, non-swimmers, families, groups, private parties (wedding)

Activities: There is something for everyone. Diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, spa treatments, yoga, land excursions, BBQ on sandy beaches, and even watching a movie under the stars.

Internet is FREE.

Diving: Diving is done from a specially designed dhoni dive boat. You are with your own tour guides who are Dive Masters or Instructors. Gear rentals and courses (entry-level Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, and Nitrox) are available $ and nitrox is free.

Divers of all skill levels are welcomed, however, if you are not familiar with drift diving, I suggest taking the Advanced Open Water Diver Course for an even greater dive experience. For those who want to learn how to dive, you can take the Open Water Diver Course on board provided you are physically fit.

Departure and Arrival: Male International Airport in Male

Recommended Itinerary for Beginners:  Best of Maldives (Male – Male) for 4 nights or 7 nights. (15 to 17 dives)

Click Here to Check the Itinerary, Prices, and Availability of the Yang Liveaboard

Click Here to Check the Itinerary, Prices, and Availability of the Ying Liveaboard

2. Maldives Aggressor II

This is the Maldives Aggressor II liveaboard

The Maldives Aggressor II is a luxury liveaboard that gives you 4 great dives every day in addition to impressive night dives.

This vessel was built in 2009 and was renovated in 2012. With a crew member of 16 and 3 large decks and 11 cabins, there is plenty of room for 22 guests.

Menus: Your delightful menus will range from the culinary American delights to the mouth-watering Maldivian dishes.

Unlike many liveaboards who charge local beer and wine, the Maldives Aggressor II is different. Here, you get the full service, local beer, wine, juices, tea, coffee, water and of course snacks in between your meals are all included with your itinerary.

NOTE: Divers consuming too much alcohol will not be allowed to dive until the next day.

Best suited for: Divers of all levels of experience, snorkelers, non-divers, families, and groups.

Activities: Time in the Jacuzzi on the sundeck, salon, bar and grill, check your photos, and free internet.

Diving: Diving is from the vessel’s large dhoni which is fully equipped with tanks. Their professional dive team is there to assist and be your dive tour guide.

You are not required to provide proof of your number of dives, however, this liveaboard recommends you be comfortable with drift diving.

NOTE: The Maldives Aggressor II does not offer the Advanced Open Water Diver Course.

Gear rentals, nitrox course, and nitrox are available $.

Departure and Arrival: Male International Airport in Male

Recommended Itinerary for Beginners: Best of Maldives (Male – Male) 7 Nights (18 dives)

Click Here to Check the Itinerary, Prices, and Availability of the Maldives Aggressor II Liveaboard

3. MY Conte Max

This liveaboard is called the MY Conte Max liveaboard

The MY Conte Max liveaboard focuses not only on ensuring you get the best services possible, they also believe in your wellness.

To nourish your mind and body, they offer you their popular world-class Ayurveda massage spa and boutique.

With a crew of 14, they can easily look after their 20 guests who are beginners and snorkelers with a friendly smile.

The MY Conte Max is 33m/108’ long and almost 10m/33’ wide with 3 large decks giving plenty of room to enjoy your quiet moments. This liveaboard was built in 2005 and renovated in 2012. It comes with 8 cabins, 2 restaurants, a bar and a saloon where you can watch movies.

Menus: The skilled and artistic chefs prepare delightful dishes that have a touch of fine detailed mix of international, Italian and Maldivian cuisine. There are plenty of snacks and fresh fruit waiting for you.

If you are a vegetarian, they have already thought of you with their food options.

Best suited for: Non-water people, divers with all levels of skills, snorkelers, students and dive instructors, families and groups.

Divers should be comfortable doing drift diving.

Activities: Diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, massage and spas, movies, and shore excursions. The MY Conte Max is quite unique because it also has a decompression tank.

Internet is available.

Diving: To get to the best remote dive sites, the MY Conte Max liveaboard like other liveaboards in the Maldives, uses a specially designed dive dhoni boat to cater to divers.

Interested in trying out scuba diving? Well, you can, and it’s part of your itinerary as long as you are physically fit and comfortable in the ocean. This includes your dive gear.

The MY Conte Max also offers the Advanced Open Water Diver and Nitrox Course $. Nitrox fills are free. Rebreathers are available as well.

Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera because you will want to use their charging stations and take a look at all your fantastic photos and video shots.

Departure and Arrival: Male International Airport in Male

Recommended Itinerary for Beginners: Manta Passion Trip – BAA & North/Central Atolls (Male –Male) 7 Nights (18 – 20 dives)

NOTE: This trip is more dedicated to studying the magnificent manta rays and diving with Manta Trust scientists.

Click Here to Check the Itinerary, Prices, and Availability of the MY Conte Max Liveaboard

4. MV Emperor Voyager

This is the MV Emperor Voyager liveaboard in the maldives

The MV Emperor Voyager offers one of the best-personalized services regarding your accommodation, facilities, meals, and services.

This beautiful liveaboard was skillfully crafted in 2004 and totally restored in 2014. With a grand size of 30m/98’ long and 9m/30’ wide, it can easily accommodate 20 guests.

Menus: Your menus on the MV Emperor Voyager consists of an array of Western food. You will never go hungry with all their snacks too. There is also plenty of delicious food for the vegetarian.

Best suited for: Divers of all skill levels. Snorkelers, families, and non-divers.

Activities: Diving, snorkeling, watching a movie, BBQs on a remote island, board games, library, and of course, sunbathing on one of the decks.

Internet is available $

Diving: Diving is from either their dhoni or zodiac. Hopefully, you will be diving from a dhoni as it is rather challenging to get back on a zodiac at the end of a dive

While you are not required to have a minimum number of logged dives on the MV Emperor Voyager, you should be comfortable with drift diving. A way to do this is to improve your diving skills which will give you more confidence and so this vessel offers the Advanced Open Water Diver and Wreck diving courses $.

Nitrox is free.

Departure and Arrival: Male International Airport in Male

Recommended Itineraries: There are 2 – The Best of Maldives 7 Nights and the Manta Madness (Male – Male) for 7 Nights. (17 – 18 dives)

Click Here to Check the Itinerary, Prices, and Availability of the MV Emperor Voyager Liveaboard

5. My Honors Legacy

This is the MY Honors Legacy liveaboard in the Maldives

The MY Honors Legacy is more like your super modern day yacht with lots of open space giving you a feeling of comfort.

This vessel, built in 2012, is a massive 34m/110’ in length and 9m/30’ wide with 9 cabins accommodating a maximum of 18 guests.

Menus: If your appetite calls for diverse food, you will definitely want to try their international cuisine of Thai, Italian, Sri Lankan and of course their Maldivian foods.

You will never go hungry because of all of their snacks.

Best suited for: Divers of all skill levels, snorkelers, and non-water people.

Activities: Diving, snorkeling, spa, Jacuzzi, massages, movies, karaoke at the bar, library, fishing, surfing, and land excursions on remote islands.

Internet is available $

Diving: Diving is done from their large dhoni. Please remember to bring your dive certification card and dive log book because they are required on the MY Honors Legacy liveaboard.

Nitrox, gear rentals, and dive courses are available $.

Departure and Arrival: Male International Airport in Male

Recommended Itinerary for Beginners: Best of Maldives (Male – Male) 7 Nights (18 dives)

Click Here to Check the Itinerary, Prices, and Availability of the MY Honors Legacy Liveaboard

If you are are a new diver or a novice diver, try one of these top liveaboards in the Maldives.

Have you been on any of these liveaboards? If you have, I really would like to hear your experiences. What are your underwater stories?

Thanks for reading,

Monica

 

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2 comments

  1. I got certified a couple of years ago but haven’t done much diving. Decided to get back into it now that kids are grown up. I just did 5 dives about a week ago and planning to dive out in the Maldives and heard the best way to dive is by liveaboards.

    Wow, this is great. So this means I can dive to remote islands from these liveaboards. I can actually see these giant marine lives. I just have to get my dates figured out and look at this again. Thanks.

    1. Hi Taylor,

      Nice! That certainly must be a great feeling to get back into diving again. Now that you have more time to travel and dive… the liveaboards I mentioned here for the Maldives are open to new and novice divers. I’m sure you noticed too that these liveaboards offer additional courses to enhance your dive skills at the same time you do lots of diving.

      Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you back.

      Monica

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